It’s happened many times that our choice of snack has been deemed weird at the park. A half avocado with sea salt and a spoon for scooping, carrot sticks, cucumber, cold roast sweet potato, a home made muffin or cake such as this … Easy, simple and yummy bits to tide you over if it’s a few hours between meals. It seems once your child is one, their snacks should come from packets.
These days with an uber active nearly 4 year old, I often bring a coconut. It’s so easy and inexpensive and you and have a tasty, rehydrating drink with a negligible sugar content and a high nutrient snack from the flesh in one. It’s enough for us both. The CocoCUT opener might seem a bit of a contraption, granted, which is what I use when we bring a whole coconut from home, but other than that, we’re just normal people eating a normal coconut, right?
A lady with her son and a packet of twisties decided to say last week “Wow, that’s a bizarre snack at the park”. I laughed it off. Then while we were eating the coconut, 2 other people commented on our seemingly odd choice of park snack.
I thought to myself later about their observation of weirdness and decided to look at all the snacks in question that day, side by side.
Our snack of choice ingredient list: Coconut water & flesh.
And now a look at the other snacks…
Twisties the snack the first child was eating: Corn, Vegetable Oil, fake salt, whey powder, maltodextrin, flavour enhancers (621, 635) Sugar, Flavours (Natural and Nature Identical) Hydrolysed Vegetable Protein, SPices, Onion powder.
Rice Wheels, what the 2nd child was eating: Rice (85%), Barbecue Flavour (7%) Natural & Nature identical flavouring substances, spices, vegetable powder (Onion, garlic, tomato), Sugar, salt, yeast, anti-caking agents (551,554), Starches, vegetable oil (soy, sunflower, cottonseed)), Canola Oil (Antioxidant (307)), salt, garlic Powder, soy lecithin
Le Snack, what the 3rd child was eating: Cheese Spread[54%][Cheddar cheese (27%)(milk, salt, starter culture), water, margarine (vegetable oils, water, salt, milk solids non fat, emulsifiers [soy lecithin, 471], Flavour, Food acid , Antioxidants [304, 306 from soybean oil], colour [beta carotene]), Whey Powder (from milk), Mineral Salts (339,452), Preservative (234)]. Crispbread [Wholemeal wheat flour, Wheat flour, Malt extract (from barley), Vegetable oil (emulsifier [soy lecithin], Antioxidant [306 from soybean oil, 307]), Sugar, Wheatgerm, Salt, Milk Powder, Poppy seeds, Raising Agents (500, 503)].
How sad our society is, where a single fresh food is weirder than a packet of absolute weirdness. Those 3 other snacks are lab made creations, full of ingredients our bodies don’t understand. This stuff sure isn’t giving our kids the physical and mental boost they need for a busy day. If anything it’s going to cause fatigue, crankiness and tantrums while the poor body decides what on earth to try and do with it all. It’s not those mum’s fault and this is not a post of judgement and damning ignorance. It’s a look at how a whole society has, for the most part, bought into a strange sort of ideal. We’ve been told we’re too busy. We’ve been told someone else (aka big food companies) would take care of things for us. We’ve been told wrong.
We need to help shift people’s thinking about what’s weird and what’s real, that’s all. We need to expose the big companies for what they’re really selling us, minus all the shiny gloss of their ads and packaging.
What do you think? Any friends we could help with simple comparisons such as this? Please, feel free to share this post if you want to say something to someone, but don’t know how. Maybe they’ll read it. Maybe it will help.
As my friend Jason said, next we’ll be telling our kids to put down the ipads and climb trees. Yep, that’s just the kind of crazy woman I am!
Real Food. Happy Bodies.